Daily Archives: 3 Oct 2016

Higher Ed Has Become, In Many Places, Thanks to the Precious Snowflakes, An Extreme Joke

You would think students instructed to report to the Gender-Based Misconduct Office had committed serious transgressions. Its name conjures images of creepy guys harassing and violating women.

Columbia University graduate Benjamin Sweetwood claims he did nothing of the sort. He got in trouble for doing something completely inoffensive: he referred to himself as handsome in a class.

“Now I’ve graduated from Columbia University, I am finally ready to reveal a dark and shameful secret I have kept buried for almost two years,” writes Sweetwood in a recent article about his experience. “I, Ben Sweetwood, committed ‘gender misconduct’ while a student at the above mentioned institution of higher learning.”

According to Sweetwood, the incident happened in his Chinese class. He was supposed to say something in Chinese, and that’s what he picked. The professor later told him she thought it was a funny remark, but one student had complained.

And more.  And it’s not The Onion.  It’s worse.  It’s real.  And Higher Ed is a real joke in too many Schools.  Like Columbia.  Pandering to the ‘student as consumer millennials’ will be the undoing of academics in this God forsaken degenerate country.

BTW- why the Devil does any school need a ‘Gender based misconduct office’?  What uselessness.

The Bee Stings SBC Adulation of David Platt

Driving a handmade sign into the dirt to commemorate the completion of the engineering marvel, missionary and International Mission Board President David Platt finally finished the tunnel he had cored through the center of the earth to China in his front yard Monday, sources announced.

Platt, who reportedly began construction just over two weeks ago using a 49-inch Razor-Back shovel, stated that the tunnel will be used to send a steady stream of radical, committed missionaries to minister alongside the persecuted church in China and surrounding countries.

“I may pop over there a few times a week to plant a church or two myself,” Platt told reporters gathered on his lawn Monday for a humble ceremony celebrating the tunnel’s official opening.

According to Platt, missionary candidates will need to don a special, heat-resistant suit before jumping into the 10-foot-wide vertical shaft. Then, the earth’s gravitational pull will rocket them to a speed of nearly 18,000 miles per hour until they shoot out the other side, where an International Mission Board representative will be waiting to catch the missionary before they begin plummeting back the other direction.

“I had to angle the hole slightly to make it shoot out in a nice, rural spot in China, plus the Coriolis effect complicated things a bit,” Platt said. “So missionary travelers may have to manually correct their course during the journey, using miniature jet thrusters built into the IMB power suit.” Platt further stated he’s made the trip over a dozen times, and is so used to the route he “reads a few theology books” on the way over.

“It all becomes second nature after your third jump or so,” he said with a chuckle. “I re-readCrazy Love on the first leg of the journey last time—so convicting. A really eye-opener for how lax I’ve gotten in my faith.”

“Francis [Chan] will be here for his first jump tomorrow, by the way,” he added.

Missionaries wanting to travel to China using the tunnel can contact the International Mission Board for more information.

The way the SBC is peddling Platt, it won’t be long before he is claimed to send the first missionaries to Mars.

The 80th Annual Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association

80th International Meeting of The Catholic Biblical Association


The CBA Annual General Meeting is being hosted by The Catholic University of America—also the location of the CBA Office. Mark your calendar for August 5-8, 2017 and plan to be in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CBA’s 80th year!

Information about the program and costs will be forthcoming.

It’s on the calendar.

The Theater of the Absurd

AKA, what happens when a journalist thinks he’s suddenly a theologian.

The University of Geneva is Offering its MOOC on Calvin Again

You should enroll.  You’ll enjoy it immensely.

This course is an introduction to the life and thought of the reformer John Calvin (1509-1564) and to his influence on the modern and contemporary world. The approach we develop is critical: we intend neither to canonize nor to condemn Calvin or his thought. Our goal, rather, is to avoid any rash evaluation in order to understand his thought and analyze the issues at stake in it. During five weeks, we will explore together the life and work of the Reformer. During the first week, we will study the main aspects of Calvin’s life. Weeks 2 and 3 will focus on his theology and his ethics. During the last two weeks (weeks 4 and 5), we will ponder how Calvinism became a worldwide phenomenon and ask ourselves what kind of relevance Calvin’s thought may still have today.

I’m excited to see what has been added to the course since its last offering.

John Milton and the Magisterial Reformation

In the English prose he published over a period of two decades, John Milton frequently uses the term ‘reformation’ to identify the age in which he was living and the causes for which he was fighting. In so doing, he reveals his support for the magisterial Reformation and his rejection of the radical Reformation. He expresses his desire not for religious diversity but for union with the Scottish and Continental Reformed Churches. He constructs a complex discourse that is self-serving, misleading in some ways, prophetic, and calculated to win a range of polemical contests. In supporting the magisterial Reformation, he also displays his support for theologians who participate in government, and magistrates who participate in determining religious belief and conduct. Milton thus repudiates many aspects of modernity and is, as he insists, a man who lived during, and promoted what he called, ‘times of reformation’.

You can read the essay from Renaissance and Reformation Review for free here.

IVP Academic’s New Volume For the Barthians

4915Is titled A Shared Mercy:

Christians regularly ask God to “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” but tend to focus on the first half and ignore the second.

Something is missing if Christians think of mission only in terms of proclamation or social justice and discipleship only in terms of personal growth and renewal—leaving the relational implications of the gospel almost to chance. It is vital both to spiritual life and mission to think of the church as both invitation and witness to a particularly merciful social dynamic in the world.

As a work of constructive practical theology and a critical commentary on the ecclesiology of Karl Barth’s unfinished Church Dogmatics, A Shared Mercy explains the place and meaning of interpersonal forgiveness and embeds it within an account of Christ’s ongoing ministry of reconciliation. A theologian well-practiced in church ministry, Jon Coutts aims to understand what it means to forgive and reconcile in the context of the Christ-confessing community. In the process he appropriates an area of Barth’s theology that has yet to be fully explored for its practical ramifications and that promises to be of interest to both seasoned scholars and newcomers to Barth alike.

The result is a re-envisioning of the church in terms of a mercy that is crucially and definitively shared.

Martin Luther: The Art of the Reformation

luther-artISD has been very kind and sent along a review copy of this set (which I’ve mentioned before) and asked if I’d look through it and offer some thoughts.  I’m happy to do, and will soon.

Stay tuned.

The Preexistence of Jesus in the Gospel of John

The Zurichers have a neat post today you’ll be interested in taking a read through:

9783110408737Recently, de Guyter published my book Die Präexistenz Jesu im Johannesevangelium. Struktur und Theologie eines johanneischen Motivs, which is a revised version of my PhD dissertation (Humboldt-University Berlin). In this blogpost, I shall present my findings, highlighting some central aspects, especially the role of temporality for John’s notion of preexistence.

The Gospel of John has been said to dare the impossible, the “quadrature of the circle”. The German theologian Karl-Josef Kuschel used this metaphor for characterising the Johannine attempt of narrating the un-tellable.[1] John tells us a story about the preexistent Christ – that is, John transforms an idea connected to eternity and nontemporality into a narrative line connected to temporality.[2] Kuschel calls this the “verwegene Synthese”[3] (daring synthesis), where John synthesizes a story of Jesus and the concept of preexistence, both of which occur, outside of John, only in separate texts. The Synoptic Gospels have at least no explicit reference to preexistence,[4] but start with Jesus’s baptism (Mark) or his virginal conception (Luke and Matthew). Preexistence outside of John is attested only in short, hymn-like passages or formulae within the epistolary literature (Phil 2, Col 1 and others) and Revelation.


October Carnival #TriggerWarning

A note in advance to all those whose posts make their way into the October Carnival (posting November 1)- the theme is ‘Halloween-ish’ meaning the posts which horrify and annoy (because Halloween is annoying).

Just so you know… you may or may not be very pleased by inclusion, depending on your disposition.


If You Aren’t Really Repentant…